Britney Spears’ father has agreed to step down as the singer’s conservator, pledging to participate in an “orderly transition” to a new legal arrangement.
The pop star’s lawyer said it was “a major victory for Britney Spears and another step toward justice”.
However, Jamie Spears’ lawyer insisted there were “no actual grounds” for him to step back and gave no timetable for when he would relinquish his role.
The singer’s career has been in the hands of legal guardians since 2008.
She filed a petition to stop her father controlling her estate in July and has said she will not perform again while he remains in the role.
‘DON’T BELIEVE IN PUBLIC BATTLE’
Mr Spears’ lawyer said he would be “in a position to step aside” when certain matters were resolved, and “when the time is right”.
Mr Spears, the 15-page filing states, “intends to work with the court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator”.
Mr Spears’ lawyer said he did not believe “a public battle with his daughter… would be in her best interests” and that he had been “the unremitting target of unjustified attacks”.
Nevertheless, he called for his daughter’s “flawed” petition to be denied, saying it was “unjustified” and that there were “no urgent circumstances justifying Mr Spears’ immediate suspension”.
2008 CONSERVATORSHIP ORDER
A conservatorship is granted by a court for individuals who are unable to make their own decisions, like those with dementia or other mental illnesses.
Spears’ conservatorship is split into two parts – one is for her estate and financial affairs, the other is for her as a person.
Under this legal agreement, Spears has not controlled her finances since 2008. That’s around the time she began to behave erratically amid her divorce from Kevin Federline and a custody battle over their two children.